Audiences Rave About Sound of Music Presented by Lovejoy Performing Arts
For three nights audiences enjoyed a classical musical that is considered one of the masterpieces of modern musical theatre and marked the culmination of the epic Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration. Based on a true story in 1938 in the town of Salzburg, Austria, The Sound of Music is a story of love, family, and a life with music. Maria (played by Senior, Hannah Hansen), a young postulant, is too high-spirited for the religious life of a nun, so she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain von Trapp (Senior, Jack Supan), a family which Maria slowly begins to fill with joy, laughter and music. The Sound of Music is a show for everyone, and included beautiful inspirational music and characters whom audiences adored, such as Captain von Trapp's "wealthy and sophisticated" would-be fiancée Baroness Elsa Schräder (Senior, Raegan Vaughn); the von Trapp children: Liesl (Junior, Marcie Sawyers), Friedrich (Willow Springs 8th Grader, Aidan Abramson), Louisa (Freshman, Grace Felton), Brigitta (Freshman, Catherine O'Brien), Kurt (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Brock Bernal), Marta (Sloan Creek 5th Grader, Rachel Dobbs), and Gretl (Puster Elementary 4th Grader, Sophie Brooks); as well as Captain von Trapp's great friend and music producer, Max Detweiler (Sophomore, Zachary Joyner). The Sound of Music offered beloved and iconic songs such as "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Edelweiss," and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," filling the audience with both heart-warming and heart-wrenching emotion for this timeless classic. Theater Director Jessica Brewster, who has been the director at Lovejoy HS since 2006, noted, “Working with our students and the community, growing alongside these wonderful and talented people has helped us all reach new heights with this production." Choir Director Cathy Koziatek stated, "The level of talent involved in this show from the cast and crew is mind-boggling. One of the things that makes me most proud of this show has nothing to do with musical theatre - it is how well the students treat each other through this often demanding process. They are the leaders of tomorrow, and they make the future look bright." The show included 126 costume changes, six different sets and featured a brilliant performance by Hannah Hansen as Maria that had everyone calling the show one of their "Favorite Things."